If you want to stop childhood obesity why not start by putting recess back in to the elementary school day? That’s an hour a day of exercise that children don’t get any longer. Fifteen minutes each in the morning and the afternoon and thirty minutes at lunch. The teachers spend at least that much time in a day fussing at the kids because they can’t sit still. If I were a teacher MY class would have recess! Purely in self-defense. I’m just saying.
While I’m on the subject…….we have about five sidewalks in our town. If a kid wants to walk anywhere here they have to do it on the side of the road or through someone’s yard. I’m talking about in town, no sidewalks! Who wants their child to walk through downtown traffic in order to get to the park or the recreation areas?
If we want to have healthier children in America we need to facilitate their access to healthy environments. We can’t remove every healthy activity from their lives and then wonder why they are obese.